Anneliese van der Pol, Carolee Carmello & More Set for GHOSTLIGHT Reading Tomorrow
The highly anticipated industry reading of the new musical Ghostlight, starring Anneliese Van Der Pol ("That's So Raven"; Beauty and the Beast); Three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (Scandalous; "Smash"); Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde; Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark); Rachel Bay Jones (Pippin; Hair); Jennifer Hope Wills (The Phantom of the Opera; Wonderful Town); Kimberly Faye Greenberg (One Night With Fanny Brice; Ghostlight at NYMF); and Trevor McQueen (Annie Get Your Gun; S'Wonderful), will offer two performances tomorrow, December 3rd, at The New 42nd Street Studios in NYC.
Ghostlight, with book, music and lyrics by first-timers Matthew Martin and Tim Realbuto, made it's world debut in 2011 at The New York Musical Theatre Festival. The December 3rd staged readings will offer direction by Realbuto and Martin, the same duty they performed at NYMF, with musical direction by Alison Holman (Freedom's Song).
The Ghostlight ensemble will feature Caleb Collins, Angelia Golden, Nathan Jentink, Abigail Ludrof, Elliot Lane, Jessie MacBeth, Brad Rakushin, Ryan Rhue, Taryn Tonelli, Tim Wessel, and Emily Witte. Carmello, Wills, Greenberg, Realbuto, Martin and most of the company recently appeared on a special Ghostlight themed episode of Ginger New York, which aired on November 15th on MNN.
Ghostlight tells the true story of infamous Ziegfeld Follies girl and silent film star Olive Thomas (van der Pol), whose ghost is said to still haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway. In Ghostlight, we see Olive's rise to fame in the Ziegfeld Follies alongside Fanny Brice (Greenberg), her affair with Ziegfeld (Cuccioli), who was famously married to stage and screen star Billie Burke (Carmello), her falsely idealized friendship with Follies comedienne Molly Cook (Jones), her whirlwind Hollywood marriage to Jack Pickford (McQueen), and ultimately her tragic downfall, which led to her mysterious death at age 25 in Paris at the height of her fame.